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posted Jul 18, 2018, 1:14 PM by John Pearson


Student Dress Code: 2018-19

posted Jun 25, 2018, 12:47 PM by John Pearson   [ updated Jun 25, 2018, 12:52 PM ]

Please see the attached document for the new Student Dress Code, beginning in August 2018.

You may also find it at the following link ... (under "Student Documents")

Graduation DVD's Available!

posted Jun 6, 2018, 2:29 PM by John Pearson

If you're wanting to have a lasting memory of our 2018 EAWR Graduation, what better way to cherish that memory than to purchase the official DVD of the ceremony. Cost is only $25. The Graduation ceremony was professionally captured on video by Riverbender,com, which specializes in filming many area graduations, weddings, high school sports, and other local events. 

Please make your check out to EAWR High School for $25. You may purchase these in the Main Office and pick up in person, or for a $3 shipping fee, we can mail them anywhere in the continental US, via USPS. If you live outside the continental US, please call for a shipping price. 

For more information, contact Carla Guthrie at 618-254-3151, Ext. 2501 or

Waiver Notice - Public Hearing

posted Jun 6, 2018, 2:29 PM by John Pearson

Notice of Intent to Apply for Waivers of ISBE Rules and School Mandates for East Alton – Wood River CHSD #14 

A PUBLIC HEARING to receive comments regarding a proposed application for waiver of State Board of Education Rules and/or School Code Mandates for East Alton – Wood River Community High School District #14, County of Madison, State of Illinois, will be held on July 10, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. at the Board Conference Room, Main Building, 777 N. Wood River Ave., Wood River, IL 62095. Any person desiring to appear at the public hearing and present testimony to the taxing district regarding the waivers is invited. A brief description of the proposed waiver is as follows: A renewal of the current waiver to allow the non-resident children of full-time employees to attend without the requirement to pay tuition [105 ILCS 5/10-20.12a].


Dave Tedford and his Giant Unicycle

posted May 18, 2018, 1:32 PM by John Pearson   [ updated Jun 6, 2018, 2:27 PM ]

EAWR Alumnus Dave Tedford (Class of 1980) rose above his classmates in the most literal sense: Responding to a “senior project” requirement and with the help of former teachers Keith Atkinson and James Brann, Dave created a 14-foot tall unicycle! Not only was this an impressive display of machining and welding, Dave actually rode this unicycle and rode it regularly until his late-40’s. This unicycle was so impressive, that Dave was featured in a Telegraph article in 1980 with some photos showing him riding it in Eastgate Plaza.

In a desire to give back to his alma mater, Dave drove the unicycle up from his home in South Carolina and presented it as a gift to the high school. He presented it to current Welding teacher, Jake Sitze (Class of 2003) and his afternoon classes. Dave also took the opportunity to speak with the students and to answer some questions.

Below are some photos of the occasion and the unicycle, itself (Thanks to Paul Tedford for the photos!):


See the attachments for the Telegraph story from 1980 

Summer Breakfast Program

posted May 17, 2018, 2:33 PM by John Pearson   [ updated May 17, 2018, 2:34 PM ]

Summer Breakfast will be available to all persons, 18 years of age or younger, from May 30, 2018 until July 3, 2018. Monday - Friday, from 7:30 - 7:55 a.m, in the EAWR Cafeteria. You do not have to live in the EAWR High School District or be a student there. For more information, please contact Cafeteria Director, Ms. Shone Fry at 254-3151, Ext. 2541. See the attached flyer for more information.

Senior Assembly 2018

posted May 10, 2018, 9:50 AM by John Pearson   [ updated May 10, 2018, 1:48 PM ]

On Wed., May 9, 2018, EAWR held its annual Senior Recognition Assembly, to present seniors with scholarship checks, academic awards, and other special recognition. The assembly was presented in front of the entire student body, staff, and guests in the Memorial Gym. Student Council President Dalton Pryor led the assembly with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by a brief moment of silence for fellow senior, Zach Wells, who had been injured the night before in an auto accident. 

Here is a list of the awards and their recipients:

Big Sisters Scholarship: Rachel Staten
Post-Dispatch Scholar-Athlete: Zach Kincade
Merle Bassett Memorial Scholarship: Rachel Staten
Brunjes Scholarships: Lukas Westbrook and Rachel Staten
Shelter Insurance Scholarship: Caitlyn Olinghouse 
Pump House Scholarships: Anthony Ellison and Joey Barnerd
Student Council Scholarship: Justin Englar
EAWR Football Scholarship: Zach Kincade and Justin Englar
East Alton American Legion Scholarships: Rachel Staten, Jacob Martin, Ashley Knight and Justin Englar
East Alton Rotary Scholarships: Hannah Overton and Alison Presley
Midwest Oiler of the Year Scholarship: Chase Wallendorff
Shirley Thatcher Memorial Scholarship (WR Women's Club): Caitlyn Olinghouse
Senior Art Purchase Award: Gracelin Rushing
Scott King Memorial Scholarship: Ty Dunn
Toni Fry-Hilgert Memorial Drama Scholarship: Ty Dunn
Nancy Harrison Memorial Scholarship: Joey Barnerd
Wood River Masonic Scholarship: Zach Kincade
Wood River Lions Scholarship: Rachel Staten
Wood River Rotary Scholarships: Lukas Westbrook, Bekah Null and Jacob Martin
EAWR Educators Scholarship: Emily Wilder
DAR Good Citizenship Award: Caitlyn Olinghouse
Elmer & Eunice St. Peters Scholarship: Rachel Staten

Also, several other accomplishments were recognized: 

Presidential Academic Awards
Anthony Ellison, Zach Kincade, Chase Wallendorff, Zach Womack, and Zach Wels

Silver Medallion Recipients
Xavier Collman, Jennifer Hallstead, Nicholas Hayes, Zachary Kincade, Ashley Knight, Rebekah Null, Rachel Staten, Chase Wallendorff, Zachary Wells, Zachary Womack

Distinguished GraduatesJoseph Barnerd, Courtney Bazzell, Adelynn Bentley, Austin Breckle, Xavier Collman, Anthony Ellison, Justin Englar, Ciara Evans, Delaney Gibbons, Jacob Hall, Nicholas Hayes, Zachary Kincade, Ashley Knight, Tristan Lawson, Sebastian Ledesma, Jacob Martin, organ Moxey, Ashton Murray, Rebecca Nottke, Caitlyn Olinghouse, Dalton Pryor, Darin Redden, Rachel Staten, Blake Unterbrink, Chase Wallendorf, Zachary Wells, Morgan Wiegand, Emily Wilder, Zaide Wilson, Zachary Womack

Those About to Enter the Military:
Erin Hall (US Air Force), Jennifer Hallstead (Army National Guard), Maddie Hampsey (Army National Guard), Jacob Mustain (US Navy), Kaitlyn Pickett (US Army), Brendan Walker (Army National Guard), Zach Wells (Army National Guard), and Jason Womack (Army National Guard).

Valedictorian: Rachel Staten

Senior Faculty Awards (selected by the Senior Class to Read Names at Graduation): Jesse Daniels, Kelly Green, and Mark Maendele

Silver Medallion Awards - 2018

posted Apr 27, 2018, 7:22 AM by John Pearson

On Thursday, April 26, about 800 parents, relatives, and school officials joined together to honor the top 8% of all seniors in the Lewis & Clark CC district. This included seniors from 21 high schools. The event was held, as usual, at the George Terry Arena on the Lewis & Clark College campus. 

EAWR's top 8% are (in alphabetical order): Xavier Collman, Jennifer Hallstead, Nicholas Hayes, Zachary Kincade, Ashley Knight, Rebekah Null, Chase Wallendorff, Zachary Wells, and Zachary Womack. 

Also nominated for Teacher of Year was Chemistry Teacher, Mrs. Sarah Jones. 

Congrats to our Silver Medallion Award Winners for 2018!

Entry System Begins April 30th

posted Apr 26, 2018, 8:51 AM by John Pearson   [ updated Apr 26, 2018, 8:54 AM ]

April 26, 2018

Dear EAWR Parents:

As you likely have heard by now, EAWR will institute new entry procedures with the aim of creating a safer school and campus environment for all of our students and staff. These new procedures will be in effect as of Monday, April 30, 2018.

Fence/Gate Installation -  Rationale and Characteristics

In the interest of protecting students and staff and providing additional security measures to the EAWR campus, the Board has recently erected a fence and gate system that, during the school day, will completely close off Whitelaw Avenue between the Main & South Buildings (west of Whitelaw) and the East Building (east of Whitelaw). The fence and gates are constructed with attractive and functional qualities, but with the intention of shutting off all vehicle and pedestrian traffic during school hours. This will allow students and staff to pass between buildings and cross the street with greater confidence in their own safety.

Camera/Buzzer System - Rationale and Characteristics:  

The second major piece of the new security system is the installation of a new camera/buzzer entry system and procedures. As is the case with the fence/gate system on Whitelaw, this system will strengthen security to the campus by controlling access to visitors. Using a controlled access and entry system to school buildings is a common feature of most schools.

Entry Points and Entry Procedures for Parents and Visitors:

The camera/buzzer entry system will be in use during the school day. After the 8:00 AM tardy bell, only two authorized points of entry will be available for parents and visitors to the campus: The center doors (“M-1”) of the Main Building (the westernmost door) and the East Building doors (“E-2”) facing the bus circle (also, the westernmost door).

To gain entry at either of these two points, all visitors must ring the buzzer, which will be answered by a member of the office staff. Visitors will need to state their business and, according to the situation, may be required to show some sort of ID to gain entry (unless personally known to the office staff person answering the buzzer). The office staff person will view the video image of the person(s) desiring entry and, when satisfied, will activate the door opening device. Visitors may be asked to wait until positively identified.

If you are driving your son/daughter to school after 8:00 (e.g. from a doctor’s appointment, over-sleeping, etc.), please drop them off near the bus circle (next to the Memorial Stadium). Late-arriving students should enter the bus circle door (“E-2”) to the East Building, and then proceed to the Attendance Center to sign-in.

Parents with school business during the school day in the East Bldg are encouraged through signage and other communication to enter at the bus circle doors. Other cases will be handled as appropriate by the Main Building Office Staff.

Once a visitor is recognized and admitted, he/she shall immediately report to either the designated office to pick-up a visitor pass and sign-in. On some occasions, that visitor may be asked to wait for the appropriate staff person to meet them in the office and to escort them to where they need to go - especially if the visitor is new to the campus and may not know the layout.

To make it easier on parents and visitors to the East Building (Guidance Office, Attendance Center, School Nurse, Special Education meetings, etc.), parents and visitors may park in the in one of the last two rows by the west (Wood River Ave.) side of the Gym parking lot, since those spots are not reserved for students. In 2018-19, we also designate three closer-in parking spots for visitors to the East Building in that parking lot. Parents and visitors to the Main Building (Business Office, Main Office, etc.) may park in the lot on the corner of Chessen St. and Wood River Ave. or in front of the Main Building. See the photos below ...

Most schools in the state have a camera/buzzer system of entry. Such is the nature of the times in which we live, unfortunately. Few schools (if any) have a public street running through the middle of the campus, where students and staff pass regularly during the course of the school day. The fencing and gates and buzzer entry points have been installed to help address that unusual circumstance.

We thank you in advance for your patience in this transition. Please remember that if you have business in the Main Building, park in front of the Main Building or in the school lot on Wood River Ave. & Chessen St. If you need to see an administrator, teacher, or guidance person in the East Building, we ask you to park in the Visitor spaces that will be designated in the Gym parking lot.


Dr. John Pearson, Superintendent

Shrek - The Musical Presented This Weekend!

posted Apr 20, 2018, 8:21 AM by John Pearson   [ updated Apr 20, 2018, 8:23 AM ]

The EAWR Thespian Troupe - under the direction of Ms. Kyndal Norton and Ms. Jan Timmins - will be performing “Shrek - The Musical” in the EAWR Auditorium. Showtimes are 7:00 on Friday, April 20th and Saturday, April 21st, with a Sunday matinee performance at 2:00 on April 22nd. 

Set in a mythical fairy tale land, “Shrek - The Musical” tells the story of a hulking green ogre who, after being mocked and feared his entire life by anything that crosses his path, retreats to an ugly green swamp to exist in happy isolation. However, a gang of homeless fairy-tale characters raid his peaceful swamp, telling him that they’ve been evicted by the vertically challenged Lord Farquaad. Shrek is confronted with a problem: Does he strike a deal to help the fairy tale creatures get their homes back, or does he cut a deal with the evil Lord Farquaad to rescue Princess Fiona? There’s also something about this princess which intrigues Shrek and endears him to her ….

Come see our wonderful actors and production crew perform Shrek - The Musical” this weekend. Advance tickets are $5; or $7 at the door. Call 254-3151, Ext. 2501 for ticket information.

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